While making the claim that President Obama is responsible for racism in this country and that it didn’t exist before his election, an Ohio campaign chairwoman for Donald Trump made sure to toss out a lot of generalized racist statements about African-Americans.
Speaking to The Guardian, Kathy Miller went all in on the notion that blacks are ungrateful, lazy, uneducated violent thugs, all while pointing the blame at our first African-American president. An older woman who grew up in the Sixties, she also insisted that the segregation and institutional racism that existed then was not a problem because she never personally experienced it.
Miller also dismissed the racial tensions of the 1960s, when she said she graduated from high school. “Growing up as a kid, there was no racism, believe me. We were just all kids going to school.”
Asked about segregation and the civil rights movement, she replied: “I never experienced it. I never saw that as anything.”
Miller added: “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected. We never had problems like this … Now, with the people with the guns, and shooting up neighborhoods, and not being responsible citizens, that’s a big change, and I think that’s the philosophy that Obama has perpetuated on America.”
Regarding Black Lives Matter, she called it a “stupid waste of time.” Miller wanted African-Americans to know that if they don’t succeed in this country “it’s your won fault” because you’ve had everything handed to you on a silver platter for the past 50 years.
Miller, who resides in Mahoning County, an area that has recently embraced Trumpism due to the decades-long downturn in manufacturing in the area, also had some deep thoughts on low voter turnout among blacks.
Miller, however, suggested low turnout among black people could be connected to culture. “I don’t think that’s part of the way they’re raised,” she said. “For us, I mean, that was something we all did in our families, we all voted.”
She also notes that she isn’t worried about appealing to African-American voters not just because of the low turnout, but that they only make up a very small slice of the population. The Guardian duly noted in its piece that black voters turnout has been higher than that of white voters in Ohio the past two presidential elections. Also, the black population in Ohio is 12.7% and 16% in Mahoning County.